Our Go2Thrive podcast guest today is Catelijne Bexkens. Catelijne is passionate about sustainability, bringing people together, and making a difference. And last but not least, she’s a Corporate Rebel who’s on a mission to make work more fun.

The main question of this interview:

Why Is It Important For An Organization To Rebel?

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We asked Catelijne the following questions:

  • At some point in the last couple of years, you made a career switch from an event planner. What were you looking or searching for? Why that move?
  • How did you find out that you had to become a corporate rebel?/span
  • Why is it such an important element in making an organization tick to its full potential?
  • Do companies need to redesign their workplace to add in the IKEA play room or a child’s play room or a game room even, make it woman friendly even?
  • Many say, people are reluctant to change. Your organization feels differently about this. Can you share your philosophy about change?
  • How important is it to focus on putting people’s talents to work?
  • Do you need to reassess or re-evaluate the skills or your talents so maybe every five years, every two years, every year?
  • As a group Corporate Rebels has visited and interviewed many of the successful entrepreneurs, academics, organizations, business leaders working in radically different ways Catelijne. What are just three of the most important tips you’ve heard up till now?
  • What is your vision for thriving employees and organizations for the future?

Interview highlights

I started to see what was important for me and what I came up with was doing something meaningful with impact

  • I actually visited a lot of companies across the Netherlands to see what they were doing, to learn from them. So all kinds of different things that has to do with impact. Whether it’s sustainability or fighting hunger or helping homeless people or whatever, different kind of ways because I wanted to explore everything. And that’s actually how I ended up talking to the Corporate Rebels and stayed there.
  • Science shows us that when you have fun or when you enjoy what you do, you’re more engaged at work.
  • When it comes to organizations and work, I feel like we don’t really have a choice to accept change, because the world is moving so fast around us if you just look at technology.

Do your best to include everyone. To ask your employees, to ask your teams, we want to change and this could be our approach. 

  • We all like to do something that we’re good at and I think a lot of companies tend to keep people in positions that they hired them for.
  • A lot of people don’t really know what their talents are. It will be good if you and your team – it could be really simple with online tools, ask questions among yourselves to figure out what your talents are.

Talk to your people. Talk to your colleagues. See what’s going on and what do they find important.

  • Don’t make long term plans that will be outdated when you finish them.
  • People will thrive when they do something they love, whether it’s for a good cause, purpose or working for an organization that you believe in.

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Thanks to Catelijne Bexkens for joining us in this episode!

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Catelijne Bexkens on LinkedIn
Corporate Rebels website

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